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DSO Youth Ensembles

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles are dedicated to the comprehensive training of talented young musicians in the finest techniques of instrumental musicianship.


The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles (DSYE) is the premier orchestral training program for youth in the tri-state area. It is an educational component of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, overseen by the DSO Education Committee. The DSYE's mission is to supplement and enhance music education in the schools and to promote the highest standards of musical excellence via weekly rehearsals and regularly scheduled public performances. The DSYE include three training ensembles: Dubuque Youth String Ensemble, Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, and Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra.


Dubuque Youth String Ensemble
The String Ensemble is an introductory honors ensemble for young string players with at least one year of ensemble experience or equivalent ability.  The group performs various levels of string orchestra literature from the standard middle school repertoire. 


Dubuque Youth Philharmonia

The Philharmonia is a full-orchestra honors ensemble for string, wind, brass and percussion players.  Members generally have several years of ensemble experience and perform individually

at a high-school or advanced middle-school level. 


Both ensembles are conducted by Ann Duchow.



The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra is the DSYE's premier honors orchestra.  Students typically have four or more years of ensemble experience and play individually at a pre-college or college level.  Musicians gain experience performing standard classical repertoire in a full orchestra setting.


The DYSO is conducted by Dr. Thomas Taylor Dickey.



Rehearsal & Concert Information

The Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles rehearse on Sunday evenings throughout the school year at Dubuque Senior High School.  Rehearsals begin on September 8.  Concerts will be held on November 17, March 9 and May 18. Cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 12 and under.




Tuition is $240 for participation in the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra, $195 for participation in the Dubuque Youth Philharmonia, and $175 for participation in the Dubuque Youth String Ensemble. Tuition assistance is available on an as-needed basis. No student will be denied membership in the ensembles due to inability to pay.


Tuition Assistance Guidelines

Tuition Assistance Application Form


More Information

For more information, please contact the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra office at (563) 557-1677 or email DSO Education Programs Manager Madalyn Mackey at mmackey@dubuquesymphony.org.

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The DSO's 2012-2013 season is supported in part with a grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, with additional support from the City of Dubuque.
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